Police Squad!: Season 1, Episode 3

The Butler Did It (A Bird in the Hand) (18 Mar. 1982)

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The daughter of a textile tycoon is kidnapped and Frank must find her before it's too late to pay the ransom.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Alan North ...
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Abraham Lincoln (credit only)
Executed Man
Ed Williams ...
William Duell ...
Lilibet Stern ...
Byron Webster ...
Ken Michelman ...
Peter Elbling ...
The Mime


The daughter of a textile tycoon is kidnapped and Frank must find her before it's too late to pay the ransom.

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Comedy | Crime


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18 March 1982 (USA)  »

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Det. Frank Drebin: Evening. Is this 808 Garboniforus Road?
Det. Frank Drebin: [the butler turns Drebin's piece of paper right side up] Maple Street?
Thames: Yes sir, it is.
Det. Frank Drebin: I'm from Police Squad, I'd like to see Captain Hocken.
Thames: [takes Drebin's badge] Of course, Lieutenant, eh... Flebner.
Thames: [Drebin turns the badge right side up] Eh, Drebin. Do come in.
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Enjoyable episode
7 September 2011 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

The daughter of a textile tycoon gets abducted. It's up to the ever inept Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen, the master of deadpan) to find her before it's too late to pay the ransom. Direrctor Georg Stanford Brown, working from a cheerfully inane script by Pat Proft, relates the amusing story at a snappy pace and milks the winningly wacky sense of anything-goes outrageous humor for plenty of solid belly laughs. The cast tackle the blithely silly material with commendable enthusiasm: Alan North as Drebin's stalwart partner Captain Ed Hocken, William Duell as incredibly sage informant Johnny, Peper Lupus as the bumbling Norberg, Lilibet Stern as the fetching Terri, Nicholas Costner as Terri's distraught wealthy Warner, K. Callan as Terri's worried mother Charlotte, and Byron Webster as suave butler Thames. Robert Goulet briefly pops up as an executed man who refuses both a blindfold and a cigarette while Tommy Lasorda makes a hilarious appearance as himself. Of course, there are also a slew of inspired nutty gags, such as Drebin participating in a basketball game while interviewing a witness, a mime delivering an important message, and an off the wall climactic shoot-out. Funny stuff.

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